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14

Nov

2017

Is It Time for More Mindfulness Training at Work?

Author: Kevin Marrs

A recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University may provide employers another reason to look closely at mindfulness training for their organization.  Their research showed that mindfulness exercises can reduce the body’s response to biological stress.  Specifically, the researchers found that acceptance, or learning how to be open and accepting of the way things are in each moment, is essential for the stress reduction effects.

14

Nov

2017

Quick Hits - November 15, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Hiring managers may have bias towards hiring veterans: In a study of 1,000 professionals by Korn Ferry, 58% said they believe their organizations’ hiring managers have an unconscious bias toward hiring veterans.

14

Nov

2017

Family Responsibility Discrimination on the Rise and Employees are Winning

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Employers take notice, according to a recent 2016 study released by the University of California, Hastings’ Center for WorkLife Law, employee lawsuits alleging family responsibility discrimination (FRD) are on a dramatic rise.  More importantly, employees are winning these cases.  Over the past decade, the study detailed that FRD increased by 269% resulting in nearly $500 million paid out in verdicts and settlements.  If the case goes to trial, employees win 67% of the...

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Nov

2017

Quick Hits - November 8, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Vets 4212 reporting due November 15thFederal Contractors and subcontractors, don’t forget to file by next Wednesday November 15th

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Nov

2017

Workers are Stressed Out

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by the American Psychological Association shows that stress in America is at an all-time high.   While main sources of stress for more than 66% of the respondents tend to be about our country’s future and political issues, money and work still tend to be major stressors.

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Oct

2017

Quick Hits - November 1, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Don’t forget -- Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Nov 5th: Daylight-saving time will end on Sunday, November 5, 2017, when clocks will be set back one hour at 2:00 a.m.  For a copy of the reminder poster, click here.

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Oct

2017

Caregiver Benefits in the Workplace

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

As the population continues to age, more and more adults are finding themselves in caregiving situations.  By the year 2040, the percentage of people aged 65 or older will have nearly doubled to almost 22%, up from 13% in 2010.  More than 1 in 6 Americans are currently working full- or part-time and assist with the care giving of an elderly or disabled family member or relative.  The typical “sandwich generation” employee is a woman in her late forties who not only...

31

Oct

2017

An Ounce of Prevention

Author: Susan Chance

Why should I run background checks on my applicants? What do other employers check on backgrounds? These are questions that I get quite often from our customers. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin.

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Oct

2017

Study Uses Sensors to See if Men and Women are Treated Differently at Work

Author: Heather Nezich

It has been proven that women are promoted less, underrepresented in the C-suite, and receive lower wages then men.  A recent study set out to discover why and see if women’s behavior is responsible.  The study, published by Harvard Business Review, revealed that biological differences between men and women do not affect the way they act at work and are not responsible for gender bias.  

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Oct

2017

Quick Hits - October 25, 2017

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Will the 401K be hit by the Republican tax plan?  According to a number of sources, the Republicans are mulling limiting the pretax contribution to a 401K to $2,400 per year. 

24

Oct

2017

Believe It or Not, The Holidays Are Coming

Author: Sara Pebbles

If you aren’t happy that Christmas decorations are in stores before Halloween then you aren’t going to like what I am going to say next.  It’s time to start planning the office holiday party. 

17

Oct

2017

The Equifax Breach – Do Employers Need to Respond?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

In early September 2017, Equifax, one of three major credit reporting agencies disclosed that personal and financial information for approximately 143 million U.S. consumers was comprised in a data breach.  The cybersecurity breach apparently began in May of 2017 and continued until it was detected on July 29, 2107.  According to Equifax, the breach compromised names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver’s license numbers.  In addition, credit card...

17

Oct

2017

Private Employer Rights to Censure Employee On-line Speech

Author: Michael Burns

Employers are more and more often pushed into situations where an employee’s speech online negatively impacts an organization’s business. Employers spend large amounts of money trying to project a positive public image and brand of the company and then without expectation, an employee “publishes” something that makes the organization look like it fosters and supports social misfits, to put it kindly. Employers must prepare to take action should an employee publish a...

17

Oct

2017

Quick Hits - October 18, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

California Governor signs law barring questions on pay history and ban the box: Last week California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law to prohibit most employers with at least five employees from asking applicants about criminal conviction histories until after a conditional offer of employment has been made.

10

Oct

2017

Quick Hits - October 11, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Daylight Savings Time ends November 5: When clocks are turned back an hour in the early morning on November 5th workers on the midnight shift at that time will actually work an extra hour. 

10

Oct

2017

Give Your Employees a Break

Author: Heather Nezich

Would you like to increase morale and productivity?  There is a simple solution…give employees a break!   More than 85% of employees believe taking regular breaks during the day would make them more productive, according to a study from Staples.  However, many employees do not take regular breaks throughout their work day.

10

Oct

2017

Are You a Smart Consumer?

Author: Susan Chance

As Rick Steves says, “Smart consumers should know what all the options are.” When it comes to criminal background checks there are several options for the type of checks that can be completed as part of a background screen, and the combinations make that number even higher. So what checks should you run? 

3

Oct

2017

Can You Tell When an Employee is Planning to Quit?

Author: Heather Nezich

There are the obvious signs we all see when someone is job hunting…they show up in a suit when it’s a casual dress code, they suddenly have numerous appointments, they call in sick more often, etc.  But a recent study shows that for months prior, there are many more subtle signs to beware of.

3

Oct

2017

When it Comes to Business, Toot Your Own Horn!

Author: Jason Rowe

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This old philosophical question can be applied to your company and its positive impacts on your employees, customers and community. If you, as an organization, are not going to toot your own horn and share all of the positive news regarding your organization, then who is? The answer is no one. If your organization takes even a slight misstep, there are plenty of people lined up to share it with the world via...

3

Oct

2017

US Supreme Court Lines Up Some Big Employment and Labor Cases for its 2017/18 Term

Author: Michael Burns

The first Monday in October marked the beginning of the Supreme Court’s new term year. The Court announced it will hear at least several cases that will impact the human resources, labor relations, and employment relations fields. 

3

Oct

2017

Indefinite Time Off is not a Reasonable Accommodation

Author: Anthony Kaylin

When an employee takes an approved leave which is covered by the American’s with Disability Act (ADA), many times the employee will need additional time off.  The question generally becomes how long should leave be extended as a reasonable accommodation.  A trial court in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals region, which covers Michigan, provides some guidance.

3

Oct

2017

Quick Hits - October 4, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Leave donation becoming a popular benefit:  The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) has released results from a new report, “Paid Leave in the Workplace: 2017 Survey Results.” 

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Sep

2017

“Paw-ternity” Leave? Have Employer Benefits Jumped the Shark?

Author: Heather Nezich

In the US employers are trying to stay competitive with basic or extended maternity leave, and more progressive employers now offer paternity leave as well.  But a business in Scotland is now offering “paw-ternity” leave for new pet owners.

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Sep

2017

Quick Hits - September 27, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

California to require pay reporting:  Although the EEO-1 pay reporting may be in abeyance, California is coming on strong.  On September 11, AB 1209, the Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act, was sent to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature.  

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Sep

2017

Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine Helps Employers in DTSA claims

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) was signed into law by President Obama in 2016.  According to experts, this law revolutionized intellectual property law by creating a new civil cause of action that permits employers to sue ex-employees in order to prevent them from sharing confidential corporate information after employment termination.  Previously, employers had to rely of confidentiality, non-compete, and non-solicitation agreements, assuming they would be enforced by the...
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